New Jersey lawmakers gave their blessing to legalizing gay marriage for the first time Monday as the state Senate passed a bill that would allow nuptials for same-sex couples, despite Gov. Chris Christie’s insistence that he will veto such legislation.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s position on gay marriage hasn’t changed. If a gay marriage bill lands on his desk, Christie say’s he’ll veto it. His alternative is not receiving high marks from state and local leaders.
The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary committee forwarded the bill to the full Senate in an 8-4 party-line vote. Similar legislation failed in the Senate two years ago.
New Jersey Democrats have identified legalizing gay marriage as their top priority for the legislative session that starts Tuesday. It failed to pass when it was voted on two years ago.
Groups representing minorities in New Jersey have appealed to Gov. Chris Christie to make the state Supreme Court more diverse. The Legislative Black Caucus sent a letter this month urging Christie to use his next appointment to nominate a minority.
More than $10 million in state funds were cleared Monday to protect New Jersey’s historical assets, including President Grover Cleveland’s birthplace.
Codey, never shy to speak his mind, didn’t disappoint when he stopped by WCBS Newsradio 880’s studios and spoke at length with afternoon drive anchor Wayne Cabot.
Democrats needed three Republicans to join with all 24 of their members to overrule Christie’s vetoes of funding for financially strapped communities, college tuition assistance and more than a dozen other programs.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he was upset after Gov. Chris Christie cut money from programs and services for the poor, elderly and disabled.
Gov. Chris Christie has been getting all the attention for signing that pension reform law in New Jersey that forces state workers to contribute a lot more for their health coverage and retirement.
Gov. Chris Christie had been locked in a battle of wills with Senate President Stephen Sweeney over nominee Anne Patterson, 52, of Mendham. Sweeney blocked the nomination from moving forward, saying Christie was threatening the independence of the judiciary.
Chris Christie is known for his tough talk, but on Friday some lawmakers said he went too far. The Republican governor is under fire for a controversial comment he made about a female state senator.
Telephone and cable companies support the measure, which was fast-tracked through the Assembly and was on its way to the governor’s desk before hitting a roadblock.
Organizers said up to 10,000 were expected to protest staff cuts and promote public safety. They said budget cuts and layoffs have thinned their ranks to unsafe levels.
New Jersey’s Republican governor and the Democratic state Senate president agree that public workers must pay more for their health benefits.